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Tent For Future Covid Tests Set Up At Red Bud Regional

This weekend the Red Bud Fire Department set up a tent on the parking lot of Red Bud Regional Hospital. When tests are distributed throughout the state in the near future, the 19-ft.x35-ft. tent will be used as a COVID-19 testing or screening facility. “It gives the hospital staff the ability to do these types……

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Commissioner Schultheis Given Fitting Send-off

Monroe County Commissioner Ron Schultheis, 68, died March 30, 2020, at Barnes Hospital following an extended illness. With the coronavirus eliminating the opportunity for a traditional Quernheim’s visitation, his daughters Leanne and Andrea had a creative idea to make sure family and friends had the chance to give “Whitey” a fitting send off. The girls,……

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Waterloo Walker Struck By Egg Thrown From Passing Car

Profanities were also yelled at victims During a Saturday night walk in Waterloo, sisters Courtney and Carley Olson came under attack from individuals in a passing car. The incident took place at 8:20 p.m. along the Rt. 3 walking trail between Columbia Ave. and Illinois Ave. The girls were on a family walk to get……

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Governor Updates State’s Corona Measures

As expected, Gov. JB Pritzker has decided to extend Illinois’ disaster proclamation, which in turn will extend the stay at home order through April 30. “I have let the science guide our decisions and I’ve relied upon the top medical experts, scientists, public health researchers, epidemiologists, mathematicians and modelers, from the greatest institutions in the……

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County Approves Coronavirus Quarantine Regulations

The county has taken its first official action in direct response to the coronavirus crisis that has rattled the nation, empowering the Monroe County Health Department to impose isolation of individuals suspected of having contracted the virus. Some of the county’s top public safety officials – Health Department Administrator John Wagner, Environmental Health Officer Brian……

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Minor Chimney Fire At Hopskellers

There was a fire in a chimney flue today at Hopskellers Brewing along Third Street in downtown Waterloo. A 911 call was made at 3:15 p.m. after smoke started to filter into building from the chimney. A bit of extra black smoke was also coming out of the chimney.    The Waterloo Fire Dept. was……

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Two COVID Cases In St. Clair County

It was inevitable – the Corona virus is making its way into Southern Illinois. Two St. Clair County women have tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Illinois Department of Public Health. One of the women is in her 60s and the other is in her 70s. Health officials have confirmed that both of these women……

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Derrick DeWilde Has Passed

The family of Derrick DeWilde announce that has passed on Monday, March 9. For the past several years the Waterloo man had been dealing with severe injuries sustained in an accident while he was hunting in rural southwest Colorado. (A gust of wind fell a large tree limb that landed on him.) Derrick is survived……

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Illinois’ School Closed Through End Of Month

Governor Working With Legislators To Reduce Economic Burden From Pandemic On Friday, the Illinois governor announced several measures in an attempt to minimize the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19) as well as to ease the economic burden on citizens dealing with the pandemic. Governor J.B. Priztker along with the State Board of Education have……

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Columbia Police Officer Passes Following Battle With Cancer

Columbia Police Officer Jared Reddick died today, March 8, following a battle with cancer. He had served the past 10 years with the Columbia Police Department. “Jared was an outstanding officer within our community and a valued colleague to all first responders,” said Police Chief Jerry Paul. “We ask that the public keep Jared and……

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